Don MacLean


Don MacLean was born in Gabarus Lake on Cape Breton Island. He attended St.Francis Xavier University (BSc., 1976) and Memorial University (MSc., 1985). He works as a fisheries biologist in Nova Scotia.

Don writes on a variety of outdoor related topics as well as traditional crafts from wood carving to canoe building. His articles have appeared in Atlantic Salmon Journal, Saltscapes, Eastern Woods and Waters, Canadian Fly Fisher, Northwoods Sporting Journal, Outdoor Canada, Atlantic Boating News and Fly Tyer. He is the author of two books. Don’s weekly newspaper columns on sportfishing and the outdoors appears in the Cape Breton Post, New Glasgow News, Truro Daily News and the Antigonish Casket.


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Recommended Experience Levels

The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) recommends that each workshop’s participants share a level or range of writing / publication experience. This is to ensure that each participant gets value from the workshop⁠ and is presented with information, strategies, and skills that suit their current writing priorities.

To this end, the “Recommended experience level” section of each workshop description refers to the following definitions developed by WFNS:

  • New writers: those with no professional publications (yet!) or a few short professional publications (i.e., poems, stories, or essays in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or chapbooks).
  • Emerging writers: those with numerous professional publications and/or one book-length publication.
  • Established writers/authors: those with two book-length publications or the equivalent in book-length and short publications.
  • Professional authors: those with more than two book-length publications.

For “intensive” and “masterclass” creative writing workshops, which provide more opportunities for participant-to-participant feedback, the recommended experience level should be followed.

For all other workshops, the recommended experience level is just that—a recommendation—and we encourage potential participants to follow their own judgment when registering.

If you’re uncertain of your experience level with regard to any particular workshop, please feel free to contact us at